1.)Break into five groups: Discuss with class the examples collected from local arts and entertainment newspapers. Each group will have 2-3 reporters, photographer & graphic designer, editor/taskmaster (will help with investigative reporting).
2.)Each group will be responsible for one page of the paper. There is a minimum of two articles required for each page. The page must also have one or more pictures with captions. Some ideas would be to write reviews, quick bios, show time tables, interviews and more!
3.)The students will start with the ArtsEdge website from the Kennedy Center to find pictures and information about their area of interest.
(Drop Me Off in Harlem
)See video clips and hear audio clips of various artists who helped define the Harlem Renaissance.
4.)The media center and online resources such as the Alabama Virtual Library or Library of Congress are available for finding out more information such as real names of theaters and such.
(Alabama Virtual Library
)Full-text journal and magazine articles, encyclopedias, and many other online reference materials.
5.)To begin working on their articles, each group will be given a layout sheet to start putting together components on paper first. The layout sheet could be one of the templates provided with the publishing software (a print out of the Wizard for a newsletter, for example).
6.)Each group will spend time on the computer transferring its information to the publishing program. After doing so the page will be printed off, one per group member, for final review.
7.)After each group is satisfied the teacher will merge the files into one newspaper, print and distribute to the students.